48 hours in Amsterdam...
Our first travel weekend out of the country was quite the adventure. Beginning with our Flix Bus being over an hour late, we arrived at the airport with very little time and quickly speed walked to the tram to go to our terminal. We tried our best to book it through security, with one of the German TSA agents letting us skip to the shorter, priority line. The couple in front of us took their sweet time as they put their belongings on the conveyer-belt so I whipped out my phone and recorded for snapchat our misfortune of our plane leaving in just a few minutes and still being stuck at security. Luckily two of my friends, Sarah and Victoria were able to get ahead and run to our gate. Unfortunately they arrived 30 seconds too late and the airline staff had just closed the door.
I have never missed a flight before. I honestly was in disbelief because we had done everything right and there wasn't anything we could've done to change the situation. We quickly made our way over the KLM airline desk to discuss getting on another flight. The staff that worked with us were not very nice and made us feel even worse about this already bad situation. We ended up having to pay 165 euro (over $200 usd) to get on another flight that was leaving 40 minutes from then. We quickly went through security once again and skipped to the front. As soon as we all got through security, I was off. Running through the airport to our gate, I was not gonna miss this flight. We all got there in time although I was lowkey having an asthma attack and had to use my inhaler, but we were all there. The flight was 55 minutes and went by super speedy. The flight attendants came by with free wine which was the highlight of our so far very stressful day.
We arrived in Amsterdam and just walked through customs. Literally just walked through. There were lines all set up and desk to talk to someone but no one was there and crowd just walked through. I'm assuming this is some European country to another European country thing but I really wanted another stamp on my passport.
We bought 3 day metro passes to be able to get around town easily. I didn't realize at the time how necessary this would be and how efficient for saving money. We took 2 trams and a bus but it dropped us off right in front of our hotel 'XO Hotels Blue Tower' just about 33 minutes from the city center by bus.
Sarah and I dropped off our stuff in the room and jumped on a bus to the city center to go to the Anne Frank museum. After years and years of reading her story through her dairies and seeing pictures in books, it was incredible to be there in person and really feel the heaviness of WWII and what it must have been like to live in the attic of that warehouse. After we left, we made plans to meet up with the rest of our friends but on the way there, found the most incredible burgers we have ever had. If you're ever in Amsterdam and need a quick delicious bite, I recommend going to 'Urban Grill' and getting a burger with bacon, blue cheese, and truffle mayo. Life. Changing.
Friday we stayed out almost all night, wandering the city, people watching, exploring, and embracing the little time we had. Saturday we got brunch near our hotel and made our way to the city center to go to the I AMSTERDAM sign and the Van Gogh museum. After viewing the beautiful art, we had a delicious Chinese dinner at 'Ikura Sushi Bar' and it was delicious! Pretty inexpensive and in a very convenient location. We walked around a bit after dinner and then Victoria and I took the bus back to our hotel and packed then went to bed.
The next day we woke up at 6am, finished packing, and headed to the airport (2 hours early because there was no way we were gonna miss another flight). We landed in Frankfurt around 11am and took a Flix Bus back (even tho we had so much trauma, it was prepaid so we had to #abroad). We got back to Heidelberg around 12:30pm and had the entire to relax and unwind from our action packed weekend.